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BYU's "Final Cut 2008" to screen student-produced films Oct. 24-25

Springboard for such films as "Napoleon Dynamite," "Saints and Soldiers"

Brigham Young University’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts will present “Final Cut 2008,” BYU’s annual student film festival, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

The festival will include a variety of films in four screenings. Showings on both days will be at 6 and 9 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center’s Varsity Theater.

Admission will be $2. Tickets can be purchased in advance at a booth in the Wilkinson Student Center or at the door.

This year’s entries run from 30 seconds to 25 minutes and feature entries in the narrative, documentary, experimental and commercial genres.

The film showcase will feature “Gladys,” a documentary by Josh Wagner about an 81-year-old Cuban refugee’s life-long spiritual journey; “Dirt,” a narrative by Eric Anderson and Tim Hall about a man in his mid-thirties who faces adversity and learns to bury the past; and “Unhinged,” a short film by Diane Mayne and Nick Stentzel about an artist who learns to balance his career and his relationships to create a masterpiece.

“This film showcase provides an opportunity to be entertained and to see what students on campus are doing with their education,” said Analisa Corell, administrative assistant for the Media Arts Program. “It is a good way to learn about film and what it takes to make one, while supporting fellow students.”

The festival has been a springboard for many student filmmakers to larger opportunities. Jared Hess’ “Peluca” became the forerunner of “Napoleon Dynamite”; the BYU animation program’s “Lemmings” earned the honor of best animation picture from the Student Academy Awards; and “The Last Good War” by Ryan Little eventually became the award-winning “Saints and Soldiers.”

For more information, contact Analisa Corell at (801) 422-4576.

Writer: Angela Fischer


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